More Before & After Bonsai Mania

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Juniper before and after, by Michael Hagedorn, Crataegus Bonsai. Michael says it's a Juniper procumbens, but it looks a lot like a J. procumbens 'nana' to me (that's the dwarf cultivar), especially in the before below.

Continuing with our Before and After mania. This one is from our archives (way back in July, 2010) with some value added today.  I have long been a big fan of Michael Hagedorn’s bonsai and his approach to bonsai (here are some of our previous posts on Michael and his bonsai that you might like).
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juniperbeforeBefore. It's alway good to start with healthy material. Here's what Michael had to say... "We talked of putting a soda can beside this to get some idea of scale, but as you can see, we forgot about it. The pot was about a 30 gallon pot however, and the two of us lifted it together for safety when moving it."

The following was more pertinent when it was written in 2010 and would have been even more pertinent in the 80s and 90s. Fortunately, North American bonsai has evolved a bit since then…
Juniper procumbens ‘nana’ is ubiquitous in the North American bonsai scene. Especially in malls around the Holidays. So ubiquitous, that many bonsai mavens disdain them. But over-used or not, this one is the real deal. So far from what you typically see, that it might as well be from another planet.

juniperbefore2Here's Michael's caption for this shot... "Looking up inside the tree before work began. It took an hour to clean out all the dead branches and foliage. From the outside you won't see any of this, it all looks all healthy and green."

 

b1post-for-webMichael’s Post Dated
still the best bonsai read

juniperafter

After. Not bad. Too bad you can't really tell just how big this tree is

Michael Hagedorn is one of North America’s preeminent bonsai artists and teachers and the author of Post Dated. You can find him at Crataegus Bonsai

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